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C-CAP Chicago Culinary Futures Event a Success

In its 9th year, the annual Culinary Futures Chicago Dinner Reception and Silent Auction to support Careers Through Culinary Carts Program (C-CAP), was held March 19, 2017 in Chicago was once again a huge success.

C-CAP Chicago 2017 Annual Benefit

 

With more than 200 in attendance, the C-CAP Chicago students showcased their culinary talents by serving up delicious recipes to guests, including Filipino Chicken & Pork Adobo, Picadillo Santiaguero Stuffed Plantain Cups, and Almond Butter Cookies.

In addition to eating and dancing, guests also took to bidding on some great silent auction items, which included a PolyScience Smoking Gun, a gift basket from Ateco, gift certificates to Chicago area restaurants and so much more.

In the end, the evening raised more than $50,000 dollars for C-CAP Chicago Scholarships, which were presented to students this past week.

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Markquetta White Scholarship Winner

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Alliyah White Scholarship Winner

“C-CAP Chicago is happy to announce that it has awarded more than $240,000 to all 16 scholarship finalists this year,” explains Nicola Copeland, C-CAP Chicago, Program Coordinator. “Among the winners were Alliyah White, who received a C-CAP Education Scholarship, and her sister Markqueatta White, Full-Tuition Scholarship to attend the Art Institute of Atlanta.”

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Marbeli Benitez Receives Denzel Thornton Memorial Alumni Scholarship

In addition to C-CAP Chicago scholarship winners, HIC presented the C-CAP/Denzel Thornton Memorial Alumni Scholarship during the Culinary Futures event. This scholarship, which was created in remembrance of Thornton, an alum who was tragically killed outside his workplace, honors his spirit and determination. It was presented to both Marbeli Benitez and Martinique Thompson during the Chicago event.

A huge thank you goes to the event sponsors, aerolatte, Conimar Group, LLC,Conimar Group, LLC, Primula, US Bank and HIC, Harold Import Co. A hearty “Thank You” also goes out to all who attended and made the evening a huge success.

HIC has been instrumental in supporting scholarships to benefit Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a national non-profit organization that works with public schools to prepare at-risk students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
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HIC, Harold Import Co. Announces Website Relaunch

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For more than 50 years, chefs around the world – commercial, home or professional – have turned to HIC, Harold Import Co. for the tried-and-true kitchen utensils that are essential for any kitchen. And now, it is easier than ever for chefs to find all that’s needed to prepare meals for everyday or special occasions when using the new HIC, Harold Import Co. website, www.haroldimport.com.

Our newly designed website highlights our extensive collection of culinary supplies from our own Family of Brands, our Extended Family of Brands and thousands of gourmet kitchen supplies from leading brands around the world.

The easy-to-navigate site includes full color photos and descriptions of each of the company’s collection of more than 3,000 quality culinary supplies and essential cooking tools to keep you cooking. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet kitchen supplies, porcelain bakeware, grilling tools and accessories, or any of the plethora of other culinary supplies available today, HIC, Harold Import Co., has all the key ingredients for your kitchen.

“The newly design website provides our customers the ability to easy search consumers with the most extensive list of products available,” explains Robert Laub, president of HIC, Harold Import Co. “We have transformed the site from one that provided an overview of our product offerings to one that is a full product site offering detailed product descriptions alongside product imagery of every SKU we offer.”

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The new design highlights the extensive collection of brands from HIC, Harold Import Co., including the company’s own Family of Brands:  HIC, Mrs. Anderson’s Baking®, Helen Chen’s Asian Kitchen®The World’s Greatest™ Gadgets, Fante’s Italian Home Cooking, Cutlery Pro, Beyond Gourmet and Elizabeth Karmel’s Grill Friends®. The website also features the company’s Extended Family Brands, which represent the most renowned names for your gourmet kitchen including  aerolatte® and Marcato. Visitors can also peruse an array of gourmet kitchen supplies from leading brands from around the world.

In addition to providing and extensive list and description of the company’s full catalog of products, the website highlights the latest New Products, HIC in the Media, Special Events, and a link to our product videos and resources. As an added feature, our Where to Buy* section guides consumers to retailers carrying HIC products. (*Retailers, ask us how your store can be included on the Where To Buy section.)

About HIC

HIC, Harold Import Co. is a third-generation, family-owned and operated business founded in 1957 specializing in gourmet kitchen supplies.

Today, HIC, Harold Import Co. offers thousands of products imported from over 25 different countries on five continents. Products are available worldwide in over 10,000 retail outlets—big and small, on and off-line.  Culinary shops all over the world count on HIC, Harold Import Co. to deliver high-quality kitchenware at the best possible prices

With more than 50 years of experience, HIC, Harold Import Co. team remains dedicated to understanding culinary trends, knowing how a product works, and ensuring that we offer the best product at the best possible price.

 

 

 

 

HIC, Harold Import Co. Launches The Useful Tool Consumer Newsletter

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On May 3, 2016, HIC, Harold Import Co. launched The Useful Tool consumer newsletter, designed to educate consumers about the breadth of products the company offers, while inspiring home chefs with culinary insight, recipes, tips, and so much more.

From prep to cleanup, generations of home cooks and professional chefs know that you can’t have a kitchen without HIC. The company’s wide collection of award-winning products will serve as the springboard for consumer-focused content which include everything from product knowledge to recipes to how-to videos. From time to time, subscribers will enjoy insights from culinary stars including Rose Levy Beranbaum, Elizabeth Karmel, and Helen Chen. We’ll also include interviews with the Fante’s family, inspiration from Mrs. Anderson’s Baking, and insight on pasta-making from Marcato.

Transform your Cooking Experience with HIC, Harold Import Co.

Ever wonder what was the inspiration behind the creation of the product, what your favorite chef’s tool is, how to translate the latest food trends in your own kitchen, or simply where to buy HIC’s products? The Useful Tool will give you just what is needed to transform your home cooking experience. From the latest trends to the most tried-and-true kitchen basics, gourmet kitchen supplies from HIC, Harold Import Co., The Useful Tool newsletter with help you chop, cook, roast, bake, serve and entertain.

The Useful Tool Newsletter will be published monthly. To sign up, visit the HIC Blog, The Useful Tool, and you will be prompted to fill out a form.  Don’t’ delay, sign up now. The first 100 subscribers will be sent a useful tool from the HIC, Harold Import Co. collection.

HIC, Harold Import Co. is a third-generation, family-owned and operated business founded in 1957 specializing in gourmet kitchen supplies. Each and every day at HIC, Harold Import Co., we aim to bring you the best in wholesale cooking supplies, essential cooking tools, and food preparation equipment, all at the most affordable of prices. This has been our mission since our founding in 1957, and it is at the heart of our third generation family-owned and operated business.

Today, we carry over 3,500 home and commercial kitchen supplies from our own brands, exclusive brands, and leading brands from 25 countries. Our Family of Brands include HIC, Mrs. Anderson’s Baking®, Helen Chen’s Asian Kitchen®, Fante’s Italian Home CookingThe World’s Greatest™ Gadgets, Beyond Gourmet, and Elizabeth Karmel’s Grill Friends®. Our Extended Family Brands represent the most renowned names for your gourmet kitchen including aerolatte®, Marcato, Cutlery Pro, Catalyst and Infusion Living. Additionally, we carry thousands of gourmet kitchen supplies from leading brands from around the world.

HIC products are available in over 10,000 retail outlets worldwide, so our kitchen supplies are only a short drive or a click away.

For more information, contact leverage@haroldimport.com.

Drinks, Dishes, Dancing and Silent Auction: C-CAP Benefit

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Join HIC, Harold Import Co., March 6th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm at the annual Culinary Futures event benefiting C-CAP Chicago.

The event, held at Ovation Chicago, we will celebrate and support Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Chicago. Guests will enjoy dishes prepared and served by C-CAP students from local Chicago High Schools. A selection of fine wines and locally crafted beers will also be available. The evening’s festivities include a silent auction and music by Chicago’s premier DJ Sean Alvarez.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Chicago. C-CAP is a national non-profit organization that works with public schools to prepare at-risk students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Click here to learn more about C-CAP.

Click here to register.

Transportation will be provided from McCormick South. Information on pick up locations and times will be provided at a later date.

HIC Acquires Beyond Gourmet Brand

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HIC, Harold Import Co., has acquired the Beyond Gourmet brand of environmentally-friendly, healthy cooking and baking products from A.V. Olsson Trading Co., Inc., a family-owned business that imports fine dairy products, Skansen herring, and other Swedish goods, in addition to the Beyond Gourmet line of products. The Beyond Gourmet line includes unbleached Parchment Paper, Baking Cups, Cheese Cloth, and Coffee Filters.

As of December 7, 2015, the Beyond Gourmet line will become a brand of the New Jersey-based HIC, Harold Import Co., joining the company’s growing family of brands which include HIC, Mrs. Anderson’s Baking®, Helen Chen’s Asian Kitchen®, The World’s Greatest™ Gadgets, Fante’s Italian Home Cooking, and Elizabeth Karmel’s Grill Friends®.

BeyondGourmetBakingCups “The addition of Beyond Gourmet to our own family of brands is in line with our commitment to bringing high quality products at great prices to the home and professional chef,” explains Robert Laub, president of HIC, Harold Import Co. “We have been distributing the Beyond Gourmet line since it was introduced, and are excited to now have this popular line as our own, further building on the company’s commitment to providing environmentally-friendly, healthy cooking and baking products to our customers. We look to continue to develop the brand with truly unique products that are environmentally friendly.”

Beyond Gourmet was established in 1995 in order to bring high quality, environmentally-friendly cooking and baking products to U.S. consumers. At the forefront of the unbleached paper movement, Beyond Gourmet remains committed to bringing a better product for a cleaner, safer environment. In fact, Beyond Gourmet’s first product, unbleached Parchment Paper, remains one of the brand’s most popular items today.

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According to Ken Olsson, president of A.V. Olsson Trading Co., Inc., the decision to sell the Beyond Gourmet brand is in line with the company’s renewed focus on the global dairy trade. In the coming year, Olsson will also serve as the president of the Cheese Importers Association of America.

“When deciding to to sell Beyond Gourmet, we knew that HIC was the right candidate to take the brand into the future. When we launched the Beyond Gourmet brand 20 years ago, Harold Import Co. was our first customer,” explains Olsson. “Through the years Robert Laub has been integral in helping us develop the line by suggesting items, providing insight into market positioning, and introducing us to suppliers to produce the product.”

HIC, Harold Import HIC, offers the best culinary supplies, essential cooking tools, gourmet kitchen supplies and food preparation equipment at the most affordable prices. With more than 3,000 culinary supply products from the company’s own brands, exclusive brands, and top brands, HIC products are available in over 10,00 retail outlets worldwide.BeyondGourmetCheesecloth

For more information, contact HIC, Harold Import Co., at 800-526-2163. For media inquiries, contact Laura Everage, leverage@haroldimport.com, 415-306-4546.

Grassroots Phenomenon FreshPaper in the Running for a Big Game Ad

FROM FARMER’S MARKET STALL TO THE SUPER BOWL: Grassroots Phenomenon FreshPaperTM in the Running for a Big Game Ad

 Mountain View, CA – How far could your middle schooler’s science project go? To the Super Bowl and beyond, if FreshPaper’s unlikely story is any indication.

Fenugreen_FreshPaper_Single_Package_of_Fresh_Paper_largeIntuit Inc. announced that FreshPaper, a simple innovation that has garnered international recognition for its potential to change the food system, is in the running for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a television commercial during the 2016 Super Bowl.

FreshPaper started as Inventor Kavita Shukla’s middle school science project and was inspired by a homemade “spice tea” her grandmother in India once gave her as a remedy for drinking contaminated tap water. A grassroots movement has since taken FreshPaper from a single farmer’s market stall in Cambridge, MA to farmers and families worldwide.

The inspiring FreshPaper story has captured the attention of influencers like Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson, and was the subject of a short film by Hollywood director Bryce Dallas Howard. In 2013, FreshPaper was presented with the INDEX: Award, the world’s largest prize for design (previously awarded to Apple and Tesla) by Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Denmark.

FreshPaper sheets are infused with organic spices that keep fruits & vegetables fresh for 2–4x longer, naturally. One small sheet is simply dropped into fridge drawers, cartons, and bags filled with produce. FreshPaper is made in the USA, and is recyclable, biodegradable, compostable.

Today, the FreshPaper brand is recognized as a pioneer in the movement towards reducing food waste. Shukla hopes that the road to the Super Bowl commercial will spark a national conversation around the enormous global challenge of food waste, and inspire other entrepreneurs, especially women, to think bigger with their ideas.

“This is an incredible opportunity that would help us make fresh, healthy eating more accessible and affordable than ever before,” said Shukla. “When I set up a stall at my local farmer’s market, after trying and failing for years to bring my idea to the world, I could never have imagined that one day we’d have a chance to share our vision for a better food system with 100 million people during the Super Bowl.”

The winner of the Super Bowl ad will be determined by a global vote. Supporters can cast their daily votes for FreshPaper at www.NationalFreshLeague.com.

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The patented and award-winning product is carried by national retailers like Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ace Hardware, and Amazon.com, and is sold in packs of 8 sheets (approximately a 2-month supply) for $9.99. FreshPaper helps customers save money, reduce food waste, and eat fresh.

While the world’s farmers harvest enough food to feed the planet, more than twenty-five percent of the world’s food supply is lost to spoilage, resulting in massive land, water, energy, and human costs. Fenugreen is taking on this enormous, yet often overlooked, global challenge with its simple innovation, FreshPaper.

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About Fenugreen & FreshPaper™

Fenugreen (http://www.fenugreen.com) is a social enterprise taking on global food waste with a simple innovation, FreshPaper. Fenugreen’s mission is to improve access to fresh, healthy food, and boost the lives of farmers and communities worldwide – “Fresh for All.”

FreshPaper helps consumers, retailers and farmers reduce food waste, naturally. Infused with organic spices, one FreshPaper sheet is simply dropped into fridge drawers, bags and cartons to keep fruits & vegetables fresh for up to 2 – 4x longer.

FreshPaper is recyclable, biodegradable and compostable, and the patented & award-winning product is made in the USA. Today, FreshPaper is shipped to farmers and families in 35+ countries and retailers nationwide including Whole Foods, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Sprouts.

FreshPaper has received international recognition for its potential to change the global food system, including awards from the Social Venture Network, Sustainable Brands, The Economist, Harvard, the Lemelson-MIT Foundation, the Women in the World Foundation, Intel, Cartier, Toyota, Target, and the Home Depot. FreshPaper has also been recognized by the British Consulate, the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the Swiss Consulate, and Fenugreen has been recognized as the “most innovative young company in the world” by the Kauffman Foundation’s Startup Open, awarded by Sir Richard Branson.FreshPaper began as a middle school science project, inspired by Fenugreen Founder, Kavita Shukla’s trip to visit her grandmother in India. (Watch the TED Talk)

Fenugreen launched in Cambridge, MA, and is now headquartered in Maryland.
Watch the film: “INSPIRED” by Bryce Dallas Howard

About Kavita M Shukla

Kavita Shukla is an inventor, designer, social entrepreneur and an inspiration for young women and girls to believe in the power of their own ideas. She is the Founder and CEO of Fenugreen.

Kavita holds four patents, and has received several international honors as an inventor, designer, and entrepreneur, including most recently, the INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award – the world’s largest prize for design. Kavita has been inducted into the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors and was a First Place Winner at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair for her initial research on FreshPaper.

Kavita was a featured speaker at the Women in the World Summit at the Lincoln Center along with Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey. Kavita’s work on FreshPaper, and her quest to take on global food waste, has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Economist, Bloomberg, Newsweek, The Guardian, Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and The Today Show. Kavita was also featured as one of the “7 Entrepreneurs Changing the World” by Fast Company and on the Forbes “30 under 30” list. She holds a BA from Harvard University.

About Intuit Inc.

Intuit Inc. creates business and financial management solutions that simplify the business of life for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals.

Its flagship products and services include QuickBooks®, and TurboTax® and Mint.com, which make it easier to manage small businesses and payroll processing; tax preparation and filing; and personal finance. ProSeries® and Lacerte® are Intuit’s leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants.

Founded in 1983, Intuit had revenue of $4.2 billion in its fiscal year 2015, with approximately 7,700 employees in major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.

Intuit and Small Business Big Game are not affiliated with the NFL or the Super Bowl.

 

Fenugreen’s Kavita Shukla to Speak Today @ Women in the World Summit

Fenugreen Founders, Kavita Shukla and Swaroop Samant at Women in the World Summit 2015

Fenugreen Founders, Kavita Shukla and Swaroop Samant at Women in the World Summit 2015

Kavita Shukla, Inventor and Founder of Fenugreen FreshPaper will be featured at the 2015 Women in the World Summit, presented by The New York Times​ and Tina Brown Live Media, April 24-25th.

Shukla will be recognized for her work on FreshPaper at this event, which gives a platform to global women on the front lines—activists, artists, CEOs, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, and  leaders who have saved or enriched lives and shattered glass ceilings in every sector.

Hosted by Newsweek & The Daily Beast, the Women in the World Summit will “explore the global issues behind the news through narratives of courageous, indomitable pioneers from disparate cultures who are fighting for the rights of women and girls.”

Participants of the summit include Oprah Winfrey​, Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep​, Angelina Jolie​, Barbra Streisand​, Katie Couric, Helen Mirren​, Ava DuVernay​, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy​, Jon Stewart​, Tom Hanks​ and Aamir Khan​.

Kavita will be speaking at the event today! Please join Kavita by tuning in to the livestream on April 24th at 2 PM EST

 

Kavita Shukla and Tina Brown at Women in the World Summit 2015

Kavita Shukla and Tina Brown at Women in the World Summit 2015